In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims.
A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
A box office bomb when it opened in 1982, THE THING is now regarded as one of horror master John Carpenter's finest films, with incredible practical effects work by Rob Bottin and a score by Ennio Morricone.
Science on Screen: Compelling films paired with lively talks by experts in science, technology and medicine.
Speaker: Dr. David Toomey, UMass Amherst, author of Weird Life: The Search For Life That Is Very, Very Different From Our Own
Topic: Real and hypothesized extremophiles - organisms that thrive in extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth
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